First Name - Carmen
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First Name: Carmen tells the parallel stories of a quartet rehearsing Beethoven and a group of young people robbing a bank, supposedly to get the funds to make a film. Director Jean-Luc Godard attempts to make a film that resembles a string quartet, each of whose parts serves an abstract whole. The film is a meditation on the difficulties of youth in the 1980s, the relations between cinema and capital, and how to film the human body. Godard fills the film with carefully composed shots of bodies playing music, making love, and acting violently. His attention to bodies in First Name: Carmen… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This, throwaway jokes and all, is Godard back at his most nouvelle vague in years."
‑ , Time Out
"By accepting his indulgences, the viewer is treated both to his wry sense of humor and his refreshing intelligence."
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"In the middle of the muddle, there was a nearly perfect scene."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"He is searching for a point of equilibrium between the made and the found, the ordered and the chaotic -- a point from which to define an aesthetic for the 80s."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"This is Godard at his most mischievous."
‑ , Film4
"With equal parts heist drama and romantic comedy, the movie continues Godard's exploration of film ...."
‑ Felix Gonzalez Jr., DVD Review
"The film is spiced with passion, philosophy, eroticism, and technical innovation, and while its ideas are relatively accessible, they still do not make for 'easy' viewing."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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